Trump Campaign Blames Clinton for Everything – Even Melania’s Plagiarism

If the first day of the Republican National Convention was a total disaster, the evening may actually have managed to be even worse. Delegates who hours before had a floor fight in the Cleveland arena in a last minute effort to block Donald Trump from the GOP endorsement were now back in their seats for the first night’s big speeches.

For the most part the “Make America Safe Again” addresses hit common refrains: the threat of ISIS, the horrors of Benghazi, the fear of undocumented immigrants, and the still continuous belief that President Barack Obama is a “secret Muslim.” The brief highlight of the otherwise unremarkable evening (besides the relentless chant of “USA! USA!”) was the stilted but mildly heartfelt speech given by Trump’s third wife, Melania.

Too bad portions of it were apparently borrowed from Michelle Obama’s own 2008 convention speech.

According to multiple news reports analyzing Melania Trump’s speech, at least two paragraphs were taken nearly word for word from now First Lady Michelle Obama’s own speech given eight years earlier.

“Side-by-side comparisons of the transcripts show the text in Trump’s address following, nearly to the word, the would-be future first lady’s own from the first night of the Democratic convention in Denver nearly eight years ago,” reports CNN News. ”Sources familiar with the campaign’s handling of Melania Trump’s speech identify top [Trump campaign manager Paul] Manafort deputy Rick Gates as the person inside the campaign who oversaw the entire speech process for Melania Trump.”

Manafort quickly hit the airwaves to praise the speech and argue that there was absolutely no plagiarism involved at all. “I thought Melania Trump hit it out of the park when she talked about her love of family, the feeling of an immigrant that comes to this country and succeeds. And I thought that the feeling she has towards her husband and her depiction of the real Donald Trump came through loud and clear,” Manafort told CNN Newsday, according to Politico. “There’s no cribbing of Michelle Obama’s speech. These are common words and values that she cares about her family, things like that.”

Staunch Trump ally and New Jersey Governor Chris Christie also tried to smooth over the accusations of plagiarism, noting that most of the speech, at least, was original. According to the Today Show, Christie said he wouldn’t be able to make the case for plagiarism, “not when 93 percent of the speech is completely different.”

“I know Melania. I think she worked very hard on that speech. A lot of what I heard last night sitting on the floor sounded very much like her and the way she speaks about Donald all the time,” Christie added.

If only 7 percent of the speech sounded identical, there is a 100 percent certainty that it was intentional. The Washingtonian ran the two texts through one plagiarism analyzing tool that declared it over 40 percent likely to be plagiarized material. “Here’s an even more shocking statistic,” the site reports. “According to Turnitin, a plagiarism-checking website that examines 200,000 papers day, the ‘likelihood that a 16-word match is ‘just a coincidence’ is less than 1 in a trillion.’ Melania Trump’s longest match? 23 words.”

With no place left for the Trump campaign to go to redirect the media narrative, they have decided to do what always works best for them: blame it on presumptive Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton. “The Trump campaign now says any allegations of plagiarism are ‘crazy’ — and that any attacks Melania has received are the result of her criticizing presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton,” reports Vox.com. “‘Once again, this is an example of when a woman threatens Hillary Clinton, she seeks to demean her and take her down,’ Trump campaign manager Paul Manafort said in an early Tuesday morning interview with CNN.”

Hm…jumping straight to the term “crazy,” one often used to denigrate women as emotional and unstable, then painting the issue as some sort of fight between women who hate other women? No wonder the Trump team is still having so many problems with female voters.

Photo credit: By Marc Nozell from Merrimack, New Hampshire, USA - 20160208-DSC08078, CC BY 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=46940120

188 comments

Karen S
Karen Swenson8 months ago

Anybody here who thinks Melania actually worked very hard on that speech is definitely a Trump supporter! They'll believe anything. And the way she speaks of Donald, I can imagine---just like I'd speak of my husband, if he paid off Porn Stars, cheated on me when I was pregnant, had many women coming forward accusing him of sexual harassment, telling the world how he grabbed women, admitting he would like to date his daughter, forcing himself into teen-girls dressing rooms. I tell you, I just couldn't say enough wonderful things about a slut-bag like him!

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Lesa D
Past Member 8 months ago

#NEVERTRUMP~PLEASE JOIN THE MOVEMENT: REJECT TRUMP'S HATE & DIVISION

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Lesa D
Past Member 8 months ago

#73290 petition signed...

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Lesa D
Past Member 8 months ago

thank you Robin...

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Danuta W
Danuta Watola8 months ago

Thanks for sharing.

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John B
John B2 years ago

Thanks Robin for sharing.

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Darlene Buckingham

Interesting that there is such an uproar about plagiarism when all politicians speeches are written by speech writers. Politicians don't speak from the heart or with truth as their goal. Just like Obama they read from telepromters reading PR speeches that don't have any depth of care and we wonder why there are so many things going wrong on Planet Earth. IT is time to return to people and leaders that lead from the heart, mind and soul, not this PR drivel that is taking over the world and creating so much grief and suffering around the world because intelligence and care is not the goal. We need people of substance to get up and be supported on the world stage. Both Clinton and Trump are not qualified to lead.

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Karen Swenson
Karen Swenson2 years ago

@David F--"Will the new Socialist DNC pledge of allegiance say under God or Over God" I hope it doesn't say anything at all about Fairy's in the Sky!. The original Pledge didn't say anything about a GOD! Only nut-bag religious fanatics again trying to shove religion down every ones throat!

@ David F--"Melania for President" She'd be better than "The Donald" because she was raised an Atheist, a Communist (socialist.) She speaks better than the Donald, even tho she can barely speak English! She knows how to make money---take it from the Rich! MELANIA FOR PRESIDENT!!

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Siyus Copetallus
Siyus Copetallus2 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

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Rhoberta E.
Rhoberta E2 years ago

Brian F
The donald is losing !!!

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